Little Grace has a croc-inspired ritual whenever she sees pictures of Steve, whom she calls 'Grandpa Crocodile.'
It's adorable to watch Grace Warrior spot pictures of her late grandfather Steve Irwin. Bindi Irwin, Australian conservationist and Steve's daughter, told Romper that her daughter Grace has a croc-inspired ritual whenever she sees pictures of Steve, whom she calls 'Grandpa Crocodile.'
"Every time she sees a photo or video of him, she says ‘snap, snap’ and makes the little snapping hand gesture like a crocodile,” said Bindi. She said that one of her daughter's favorite activities is to watch pictures or videos of Steve. “She loves the photos or footage of him feeding crocodiles. She gets so excited when Grandpa Crocodile is WITH a crocodile,” Bindi said. She added that crocodiles were kind of his thing and it was only normal for Grace to watch him in his element. In July, Bindi posted a video of Grace "visiting Granpa crocodile" at the Australian zoo. There were construction signs with Steve's pictures and Grace can be seen pointing at the pictures and babbling. The heartwarming video shows the little girl saying "Yayy" in excitement and going to the picture and pointing at it.
In a recent video, Grace can be seen pointing at a picture of her grandparents with a koala. Bindi captioned it, "Tears in my eyes as I share this video. We call my mum and dad, Bunny and Grandpa Crocodile with Grace. She loves them (and koalas) dearly. On every zoo walk, she searches for pictures of her grandparents and it is beyond beautiful."
Bindi often posts pictures and videos of her daughter, including ones from their recent Queensland family vacation. In the footage, Bindi's mother Terri Irwin, and brother Robert Irwin can be seen saying, "We are having fun." And then, Bindi shifts the camera to Grace and asks her, "What do you think, Grace? Yeah," followed by pictures and footage from the vacation.
Steve would have been proud of Bindi's work. To inspire children like Grace and other young girls, she wrote the foreword for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Changemakers which was launched on October 4, 2022. The book celebrates activists, artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs under the age of 30, who want the next generation to be changemakers.
Speaking about the book, Bindi said, “This book highlights so many extraordinary individuals who are making a difference in the world. I hope these empowering stories are a reminder to believe in your strength to change the world. No matter what your journey is in life, you can be a changemaker.”
She hopes that this book will complement the lessons that they are teaching Grace at home. “Grace is only 18 months old, but we believe that inspiring empathy and kindness starts at the very beginning of your life," Bindi said. “We want to build a positive foundation for Grace and encourage her to appreciate our precious planet from an early age.”
“We are giving her the opportunity to spend time in nature and travel to extraordinary conservation destinations as a family,” Bindi said. She feels Grace “is like a little sponge and soaks up the energy from people around her and the environments she spends time in.”
Cover Image Source: Instagram/ bindisueirwin